Get Insights at 1-800-ASK-KEEN

Mercury Retrograde Over: Heading Back to Libra

Keen Category: Astrology Advice

Illustrated constellations of Libra and Virgo with planet Mercury in background

Mercury is the planet of communication. It also influences our five senses and how they pick up information. When Mercury turns retrograde, it appears to be moving backward across the sky. This happens three times each year and lasts a little more than three weeks. In the zodiac we can track the position of the little messenger planet and see it move backward through a zodiac sign. In September, Mercury turned retrograde in the zodiac sign of Libra. But it didn't stay there for long. If you are just getting over a chaotic little episode, understand that Mercury Retrograde changed signs and backed up into the zodiac sign of Virgo. Ordinarily Mercury stays retrograde in one sign and affects members of each zodiac sign in a consistent manner, but with the chaos spread between two signs, this was an extreme Mercury Retrograde that we just all experienced, delivering chaos to all corners of the zodiac. Just look back at your recent past and that of your friends for proof! Mercury turned direct on September 29 and continues through Virgo until October 9, when it re-visits Libra through October 27.

Survey the damage from the past three weeks of chaos and read for your sign below on how to recover now that Mercury has moved direct.

Aries March 21 – April 19

The Ram is looking at making up for lost time at work and a tough relationship situation. Avoidance has pushed a lot of important projects off to one side. Prioritizing the details will get you back on track.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: Your daily routine needs to be sharpened up.
Bright Spot Ahead: Partnership chaos will settle down to a peaceful pace and commitment can be an enjoyable thing.

Taurus April 20 – May 20

October will see the Bull straightening out a situation with a child in your life. You could find this month one of satisfaction as you build new connections to some important people in your world that you may have been neglecting.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: A lack of romance and passion might have set back a love connection.
Bright Spot Ahead: A new workout routine will be making you feel fit.

Gemini May 21 – June 21

Life at home might never be the same again after the chaos that came into your domestic situation during September. The month ahead is best used for moving forward in a stable state instead of having to fix every little thing.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: Are all of your possessions secure and in the same places as before?
Bright Spot Ahead: Someone can take you away from all this.

Cancer June 22 – July 22

The Crab is always a little befuddled with communicating outside of a small, safe zone. October is a chance to feel secure again after encountering so many unfamiliar people and places that upset your routine.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: You might have complained a little too loudly in September.
Bright Spot Ahead: A comfortable living space revives your energy.

Leo July 23 – August 22

The Lion awaits the results of a financial miscalculation. October will find you picking up the pieces of a little too much spending without considering the consequences. Scrimp and save and be back in the black by Halloween.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: The lack of large numbers in your bank account.
Bright Spot Ahead: Someone close to you is in an understanding mood.

Virgo August 23 – September 22

This is a month to accept yourself as you are. No fantasies of the future, no drama concerning your past. The quicker you can look in the mirror and see yourself for where you are going, the faster September will disappear into that rearview mirror.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: A makeover gone awry that still has bad reviews to come.
Bright Spot Ahead: You will be able to afford the changes most urgently needed.

Libra September 23 – October 22

Look ahead to a new world-view that has eliminated a few of your long-held beliefs. Instead of looking at it all as a loss of faith, find the challenges that a larger understanding of the universe's mysteries holds for you.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: Anyone who has been threatening litigation is more serious than you might realize.
Bright Spot Ahead: Someone is a big fan of yours with big plans for you!

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

A new set of friends is in order, as you cannot go through the rest of your life – let alone October – being the hermit. Step out and find a place amidst the public pulse where you best fit in and can be accepted.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: You might just want to walk away from the mess created by that battle for popularity.
Bright Spot Ahead: Enlightenment about how the universe can work in your favor is coming soon.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

Despite the trouble others might have finding a job, October is a career month like few others for you. This is a chance to get in on the ground floor of an exciting and lucrative development. Think about your big picture.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: The inconsistency in your consistent appearance might have upset a few people.
Bright Spot Ahead: Your name appearing in lights before the New Year is a distinct possibility.

Capricorn December 22 – January 19

Gain a sense of security in your surroundings first and foremost; October can be a productive month if you can simply have a place to call home and a sacred space in there for you to create your own sense of self and well being.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: A travel itinerary or learning syllabus may be beyond fixing.
Bright Spot Ahead: A love interest you could not have imagined may soon enter the picture.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

The chaos will fade the quicker you can come to grips with what you believe. What you feel with deep conviction conflicts with what you have been experiencing as the values of those around you. It is time to fall in with the right group of friends.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: Make sure you pay back that recent loan as soon as possible.
Bright Spot Ahead: A change of scenery is on the horizon.

Pisces February 19 – March 20

Settling into a groove with your partner should be the top priority of October if the relationship is to grow into something meaningful. Embrace the passions of this person in order to become one with his or her version of reality.
Biggest Mess to Clean Up: What was said cannot be unsaid.
Bright Spot Ahead: An encounter with people who see it your way can change everything by November.

Mercury Communication Forecasts of 2009